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CHC50113 Diploma - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

RTO no. 5025


The C&K College of Early Childhood Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will prepare you for employment in regulated care services such as child care, long day care, kindergartens, occasional care and family day care. It is also a popular qualification for those working as nannies, children's programs and running playgroups.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is for people who wish to take on a leadership role in an early childhood service and has a strong emphasis on advocacy for the rights of children; the development of strong relationships, effective workplace processes; inclusive, respectful and responsive workplace culture; and curriculum which focuses on the needs of a child and their individual context.

With a Diploma qualification, you could:

  • Support children’s learning and development in a long day care and kindergarten services where you’ll design, plan, and implement and evaluate the service’s educational program, supervise other educators and engage with parents and community
  • Become a family day care coordinators where you’ll support the educators and manage the standards across a family day care scheme
  • Work in an outside school hours care service

Diploma level educator

You need to: hold or be studying towards an approved diploma qualification to work in a regulated care service.

Study time: 1 to 2 years full-time. Students studying part-time may take 2 to 3 years.

Vocational placement: students completing a Diploma qualification who do not work in a regulated care service, must complete unpaid vocational placement.  This practical component will allow each student to gain experience in a variety of work situations and to put their learning into practice. Students participating in vocational placement will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and receive a positive notice and blue card.

Why study with the C&K College of Early Childhood?

The C&K College of Early Childhood delivers high-quality courses which are capable of delivering the skills and competencies required in the workplace in a meaningful way.

The C&K course will prepare you to provide education and care to a group of children and plan and develop educational programs.

What we do well is provide vocational placement opportunities with sufficient and planned on-the-job learning as this builds shared knowledge and is an effective way of making procedures and expectations of the learning environment explicit. The support provided by the supervisor or mentor in the workplace is key to the success of each student’s learning and progress.

The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals. The C&K course incorporates a number of early childhood education and care sector professional development (PD) activities. These PD activities will deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be an early childhood professional, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work. Carefully selected PD opens you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas. The assessment process will confirm you have absorbed the necessary skills and your capability to apply them correctly in your work.

The Diploma program offered by C&K College of Early Childhood incorporates the following PD:

  • The Raising Good Kids: Managing Behaviour and Emotions in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings online course series for early childhood professionals has been developed and presented by medically trained Child Psychiatrist, Dr Kaylene Henderson. Each of the three courses in the series provide research-based guidance on a variety of topics, in particular the management of emotions and behaviours in young children (aged birth to five), with examples set within early childhood care and education centres. When studying through the C&K College of Early Childhood there is no cost to you for this PD.
  • NAQ LEAPS is designed to meet the needs of Early Years Educators gain the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to implement the Get Up & Grow healthy eating and physical activity guidelines in your setting.  When studying through the C&K College of Early Childhood there is no cost to you for this PD.
  • Early Years Connect provides information, advice and connections to help early childhood education and care educators in Queensland to support children with complex additional needs.  The online modules contain text, video, activities and assessments to help you learn more about inclusion. You can complete the modules whenever it suits you, and then download your Certificate of Completion. 

Study Pathways 

C&K College of Early Childhood offers adaptable courses that respond to the latest industry developments and are linked to real employment opportunities.

We offer guaranteed vocational placement and provide a link to employment opportunities, with graduates eligible to apply for a position with C&K. Or students may arrange their own vocational placement in an organisation of their choice.

The College offers multiple delivery options for our courses, so you may choose to study in a way that suits your lifestyle.  Students may study on a full-time or part-time basis.

Flexible learning means you may study full-time or part-time through distance learning.  If you prefer the campus experience, you may study in a classroom environment at our training campus at Kedron or anywhere a structured program is running.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you, give us a call. We’re happy to talk you through the options and help you make the best choice to suit your individual situation.

Blended learning: blended learning with flexible study options (self-directed study, phone tutoring, students can opt in and out of classes, vocational placement and work-based assessment) 18 to 36 months …the more time allocated to study will determine when a qualification is achieved.

Apprenticeship: as per the training contract (self-directed study, block release time and/or appropriate structured work-based learning and assessment) – we specialise in finding a training solution which is right for the apprentice, the service and timeframes (usually 18 to 24 months).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have current Early Childhood sector skills and experience, but not a formal qualification, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  The C&K College of Early Childhood recognises prior experience and learning. Students work through a toolkit which allows them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills without completing additional learning. Students can work through the toolkit at their own pace and are assessed on skills and knowledge through the Recognition process. Please contact the C&K College of Early Childhood to discuss how RPL might benefit you. 

Course Summary

Students are provided with the McGraw-Hill The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma textbook and NAQ LEAPS online and Raising Good Kids: Managing Behaviour and Emotions in Early Childhood Education Settings online professional development course.

To gain CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, participants are required to competently complete 28 units of competency (23 core and 5 electives) as follows:


UNIT TITLE – elective units nominated by C&K RTO



Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety



Develop cultural competence



Ensure the health and safety of children



Provide care for children



Promote and provide healthy food and drinks



Provide care for babies and toddlers



Develop positive and respectful relationships with children



Use an approved learning framework to guide practice



Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children



Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood



Nurture creativity in children



Facilitate compliance in an education and care services



Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour



Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children



Promote children’s agency



Analyse information to inform learning



Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development



Embed sustainable practices in service operations



Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children



Work legally and ethically



Identify and respond to children and young people at risk



Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting



Maintain work health and safety



Lead the work team



Provide leadership across the organisation



Develop and implement policy



Provide workplace coaching



Reflect on and improve own professional practice



Credit Transfer and First Aid 

The C&K College of Early Childhood does not offer the First Aid competency standard, at this time. Students will need to undertake the required First Aid course (HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) and provide a copy of the Statement of Attainment to the College for the Credit Transfer process.
Should the College engage a specialist first aid trainer, students will be advised of the cost of attending the first aid course prior to enrolment in the unit and attendance at training workshop.

Entry Requirements

The C&K College of Early Childhood has an online assessment tool for establishing that each student is academically suited and will meet the literacy and numeracy requirements of the program.

Generally, school leavers must have completed Year 12 or equivalent; a sound pass in year 12 English is recommended or proof of competency in core skills to a level appropriate for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Funding Options Qld Department of Education and Training (DET)

To assist with studying funding may be available to eligible students…

Higher Level Skills Program 

The Higher Level Skills Program is for any Queensland resident who does not already hold, or is not already enrolled in, a post-school Australian certificate IV or higher level qualification this includes any equivalent certificate IV or higher level qualification irrespective of whether the qualification is through a university degree, apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.

For more information, please refer to the DET’s website:

Cost to participant: a student co-contribution fee of $140 per unit, or $93 per unit for concessional students is required. The full cost of the diploma is $3,780 (or $2,511 for concessional students). 

User Choice Funding: Apprenticeship Program

The C&K College of Early Childhood provides training for Apprentice study pathway for learners who have secured employment within an approved Early Childhood Education and Care service.  State and Federal subsidised training may be available.  Please contact us for more information. Calculation of the student co-contribution fee is as per the nominal hours per unit of competency.

If you wish to become an Apprentice, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for tips on securing employment as an Apprentice. Then let your employer know you want to study with C&K College of Early Childhood. 

Full fee paying students

The full cost of the certificate program is $9,180 ($340 per unit). 

C&K staff discount 

  • C&K supports staff undertaking a Traineeship through structured on-the-job and off-the-job paid training when studying with the C&K College of Early Childhood. Please refer to C&K Careers.
  • Employees (full-time and part-time) who enrol in a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, outside of an Apprenticeship pathway, may be eligible for DET subsidised training and receive a staff discount. The discount cost of the diploma course is $1,080 (or $270 for concessional students).
  • Where staff are not eligible for DET subsidised training, C&K staff may undertake individual units at the reduced cost of $250 per unit (full-time and part-time staff).
  • C&K employees may also seek financial assistance with the cost of the course under the C&K Education Assistance Policy and/or apply for VET Student Loan

VET Student Loans 

From 1 January 2017, a new VET Student Loans program was implemented by the Australian Department of Education and Training to give eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.

Students enrolling in the Diploma course through the C&K College of Early Childhood (RTO no 5025) may be eligible to apply for the Australian Government’s Vet Student Loans program.  Please read the VET Student Loans information booklet 2017 for more information.

A copy of the booklet is available at

Please note:

  • Students must have read the VET Student Loans information booklet 2017 when applying for a VET Student Loan
  • C&K College of Early Childhood will not approve a VET student loans for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements
  • A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid
  • The VET Student Loans program is a loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay for part, or all, of their tuition fees The maximum tuition fee for the C&K Diploma course is $9,180. Students who are eligible for subsidised training through the DET Higher Level Skills program may apply for a VET Student Loan to help pay the student co-contribution fee of up to $3,780 or $2,511 for concessional students.

Pathway to university 

When you hold a diploma, you can do further study to become an early childhood teacher.

The C&K College of Early Childhood has a number of articulation arrangements in place, including:

  • Australian Catholic University – for the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five years) at any location/jurisdiction students will be eligible for 80cp (for specified credit) and for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at any location/jurisdiction students will be eligible for 30cp to 60cp (for specified credit depending on strand)
  • CQ University - nine exemptions into CQ University’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) CC14 or the Bachelor of Education (Primary) CC12.
  • Griffith University – 80CP (70CP if ELEC required) credit transfer towards the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies 240CP for completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

The C&K College of Early Childhood have established a relationship with the Deakin Institute of Koorie Education and  Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who have successfully met the literacy and numeracy standards of the university have been able to enrol into the degree and receive one year of credit for prior learning.   

Applications for study in 2017 are now open

Lodging an Application

When you are ready to lodge your application, please read the Student Guide, Fact Sheet and complete an Application Form and email to 

Need help?

For assistance with completing your enrolment application, or if you have any questions about the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course, please contact the College Helpdesk on 07 3513 2524 and/or email